Sunday, February 13, 2011

Measuring Lengths of Many Lines in Illustrator CS5

When balancing a cross section, you may need to know the lengths of beds between your pin lines.

Adobe Illustrator does not make this process obvious, and the built-in measure tool can measure only one line segment at a time.

To find the lengths of a group of lines (grouped or selected), turn on the Document Info dialog using the Window menu.

Select the options drop-down menu (the icon looks like justified text) on the upper right-hand corner of the Document Info dialog.  Select Objects.

Now you'll have the nitty-gritty details about your selected path(s)!

This could also be useful for measuring distances on non-georeferenced raster maps (with an absolute scale) by using a series of line paths. 

1 comment:

  1. This was helpful. Thanks. I am now using this to calculate the time it will take to laser cut things. My laser cutter has cutting speeds we use for different materials, so we can divide the distance /(speed)/60 to get the minutes and seconds.